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Feb 14, 2013 9:00am PST
power in the entire economy. there's one -- we essentially make the government their leverage. they say they need to get at least this much of the profit, and if we don't see a huge disemployment affect from that, then it's probably a pretty good idea. yes, to marco rubio's point, to speaker yon boehner's point, it's not a solution to the problems of our economy, but it is one thing we can do that helps very, very low skill workers, people at the bottom of the income ladder, get a little bit more from what are at this moment very profitable, very profitable period in corporate profits. >> it's not just about a little bit more because that's a good idea. if you look at -- i mean, one in three american families is living near poverty. i mean, the census number -- the number of american families that are basically living on the brink of the powerhouse, as we cut programs to help the poor and the needy, is rather staggering when you look at, again, corporate profits. demos did a great study and looked at the impact of raising the minimum wage on workers, and effectively, if wal-mart, for ex
Feb 11, 2013 9:00am PST
of cutting, we saw an unprecedented explosion of government spending and debt. it was unlike anything we've ever seen before in the history of the country. >> last year a gop response by mitch daniels had competition from the herminator. >> in a word i heard the speech, and it came across as a hodge podge of little ideas. >> this year senator marco rubio will deliver the republican response, while rubio was once the standard bearer for the tea party, the group is still opting for its own rival rebuttal from the man who said this after the past election. >> there is one compromise i would be in favor of, and that's that all spending should be cut. >> joining the panel now to discuss is msnbc contributor ari melber and jake sherman. jake, what are the optics here? ran paul on cnn said to me i see it as an extra response, but it doesn't really project party unity to have different responses to the president. >> i think if john boehner and mitch mcconnell had their choice here, they would have one person going forward with the response. you know ran paul is not likely to give his remarks ove
Feb 13, 2013 9:00am PST
-tested. >> minimum wage, universal precare. the high school race to the top equivalency scales. yes, it's government getting wolfed. he's talking about things that people worry about. education is a large part of it. it's about the economy, but it's about its connection to education. that's where the republicans, if they sit there and say, but he didn't talk about the debt, he didn't talk about the debt, they got to be careful. >> you wonder how it's about poll-testing this morning, joel bennett, the president's pollster was talking about climate change and how well they were polling. >> and it also forces john boehner to make statements like this. i've read this five times. a lot of people who are being paid the minimum wage are being paid that because they come to the workforce with no skills and this, an increase in the minimum wage makes it harder for them to acquire the skills they need in order to climb that ladder successfully. as far as i can tell, the argument there is don't pay people more because it will make them lazy. this is the taker's maker thing. this is an extension of romne romney
Feb 18, 2013 9:00am PST
isolate a tea party that says it wants small government on the one hand, but really object because -- >> cutting back -- >> cutting back for children who through no fault of their own were born here. rick perry of all people tried to make that comment. what happened? they shot hem down. idealogically and politically it may not be a bad move for obama. smoke them out. make them state just how committed they are to this. yeah. >> really quickly, ari. the other thing is that this whole process, we know the president said this is going to inflame passions, but can the gop debt get through this whout putting their collective foot in their mouth, which is to say it stokes the ayre of passions both in the progressive community and the conservative community and will any -- if they do make it an actual reform, does the rhetoric and resistance that will inevitably come from certain parties of the gop negate the fact that they make on actual policy? >> rubio has the same problem that lindsey graham has, which is can you do enough fire-breathing obama attacks to earn yourself any space to do
Feb 12, 2013 9:00am PST
-discriminate protections for gays and lesbians who work for the government contractors and epa carbon caps on existing power plants. iowa republican senator chuck grassley is not pleased with all this action and has countered with a defense of inaction. quote, "it is a very dangerous road he's going down contrary to the spirit of the constitution. just because congress doesn't act doesn't mean the president has a right to act." eugene, it is hard for me to read that without -- i know. >> genius. >> what is he thinking? >> i'm not doing it, and you can't do it either. >> nobody should do anything any time ever. >> exactly. >> but is that the new republican prescription for what ails us? >> i guess. i guess. i mean, keep it in perspective. the -- a lot of the things a president can do. his action is limited in a lot of these spheres. for example, in giving benefits to same-sex partners. there's a defense of marriage act, and that's -- so that's congress's domain. they get to say what is and what isn't, but the president does have some latitude, and, look, every congress complains about every president o
Feb 15, 2013 9:00am PST
of how our government works, but you and i were speaking before the break, and you said this crisis probably could have been averted. >> sure. i think the dysfunctionality is in part to blame for, you democrats. we had a chance to make serious reform on the filibuster process, and we took a walk on it. we passed some things that didn't amount to anything. we had a real chance to put a crimp into the dysfunctionalty, and we didn't do it, but i also say, alex, i have no clue what the republican party is doing about anything. about guns, about this. they seem to be hurdling into disaster -- into greater disaster than they are now. what do they think they're gaining in the eyes of the american people by doing this? >> josh, there are obviously the optics of democrats not being able to get the 60 vote threshold, but at the end of the day i think this looks very bad for the gop. republicans deny they were filibustering say they would prolong debate. holding up the cabinet pick that should have been. >> they did meet the threshold, which traditionally has been 51 votes, so these are extrao
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